Beyond breaking bad news: the roles of hope and hopefulness.

@article{Whitney2008BeyondBB,
  title={Beyond breaking bad news: the roles of hope and hopefulness.},
  author={Simon N. Whitney and Laurence B Mccullough and Ernest Frug{\'e} and Amy L Mcguire and Robert J. Volk},
  journal={Cancer},
  year={2008},
  volume={113 2},
  pages={442-5}
}
BACKGROUND Hope is important to patients, yet physicians are sometimes unsure how to promote hope in the face of life-threatening illness. ANALYSIS Hope in medicine is of two kinds: specific (hope for specific outcomes) and generalized (a nonspecific sense of hopefulness). At the time of diagnosis of a life-ending condition, the specific goal of a long life is dashed, and there may be no medically plausible specific outcome that the patient feels is worth wishing for. Yet the physician may… CONTINUE READING

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